Channel 3 One More For All My Friends

Channel 3 One More For All My Friends
As time progresses and memory fades, the importance of various punk rock bands is affected exponentially. Where some "talent” is now viewed as legendary, their contributions were in fact minimal — looking in the Germs’ direction — and other more established, productive bands have fallen to the wayside. California-based melodic punk outfit Channel 3 are one of the latter. With a career that spanned a decade, multiple releases and acclaim by everyone from Rancid to the Misfits, Channel 3 are deserving of more hero status than they’ve attained. With the release of full-length documentary One More For All My Friends, some of that respect is delivered. Following the band from their humble beginnings through to their misguided hair rock days, break-up and reunion, One More is an interesting, comprehensive peek into the reality of modest accomplishment. While nothing extraordinary happened to make or break Channel 3, resulting in a rather by-the-book experience with this DVD, it is still informative to see their fortune, missteps and eventual outcome. Fleshed-out special features, such as their most recent reunion show, and a live concert from 1982, help prove the validity of Channel 3 despite a lapse in popularity. (TKO)